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Easy Citrus Pork Chops

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Easy Citrus Pork Chops is more than just a recipe title - it's an acurate description! This recipe really is that easy and it produces a wonderful blended citrus flavor!

Here is a recipe from  a nice race fan I met back around 2005 when I was working on my book Checkered Flag Cooking. I met Dan at a USAR Hooters Procup race as I naturally gravitated towards his massive tailgate when I was walking from the media area to my jeep. Keep this in mind, the USAR Hooter's Series was a pretty cool racing series - but in no way compared attendance wise to a NASCAR race.

Sure, there were people with grills. But Dan had the tow-behind smoker and grill combo, covered canopy cooking areas, camper, cold beverages and more. Dan said when he tailgates, "Go Big - or Go Home!" But, when it comes to recipes and cooking - “The simpler, the better! - But don't skimp on the flavor.”

Here's my version, or Dan's version, of really, really easy grilled pork chops!


  • 4 - 6 pork chops
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Dash of ginger
  • Salt and pepper

Place your chops in a shallow baking pan or zip-close bag and top with the pineapple and orange juice. Chill overnight. Grill as you normally would.

Boneless lean chops make for great sandwiches. Bone-in chops or pork steaks also work great with this citrus marinade. You can also use with ribs, chicken, and even seafood.

Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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